Analyzing Olive Dips

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Warning:  The label found above – does not exist.  It was created to draw attention to the topic of this article. Walk into Gourmet Glatt and you...

Our Two Dose Policy is Murdering People – A Halachic Analysis

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The plan was to drive a relative to get the second vaccine, but due to the snow and ice, the relative didn’t want to go, and...

Shidduchim and Vaccination

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman I received a phone call late at night from a former student who is now a physician. “Rabbi Hoffman, are you aware that there are shadchanim...

Censoring Gratitude

As a general rule, one should not get involved with a rasha; it usually doesn’t end well. This is so that a person does not end up “owing him...

The Attack on the Capitol and Halacha

  By Rabbi Yair Hoffman What happened at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. yesterday was rather mind-boggling. Protesters walked from a rally for President Trump to the Capitol building. Chanting crowds...

Halachic Musings: Reboot Our Moral Compass

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Attention all EMTs: “If you feel that the sick person you are tending to has a good chance of not making it, just leave him there. We...

Opinion: CDC Vaccine Policy Could Kill 500 More People Per Day

  By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Currently, COVID-19 in America is killing 3,000 people every day. What follows is an analysis of the Center for Disease Control’s policy regarding who should be...

Halachic Musings: Thoughts About the COVID Vaccine

As many people know, I was recently hospitalized with COVID. One of the downsides of serious breathing problems is the inability to think, to learn, or to have a...

European Court Sanctions Get Refuser Leading to Divorce Agreement

  In a rare legal development, a court in Western Europe fined a man that the Israeli Rabbinical Courts had identified as unlawfully refusing to grant his wife a get....

Orthodox Leaders Support COVID-19 Vaccine. Will People Listen?

(JTA) — At the beginning of his weekly video Torah lesson, Rabbi Asher Weiss let his viewers know he was about to broach a contentious topic. “I know that not...
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